Director of TV resigns from Australia’s ABC

Kim Dalton (pictured) is stepping down after seven years with the public broadcaster, but will stay on in a consultancy role.
December 17, 2012

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) director of television Kim Dalton (pictured) is stepping down after seven years with the national broadcaster.

While no reasons were given for Dalton’s imminent departure, a statement issued by the ABC’s managing director Mark Scott heralded Dalton’s commitment to bringing content to Australian audiences via multiple platforms.

“Kim has driven ABC television to create more compelling Australian content and deliver it to more Australians in more ways,” Scott said.

Dalton, who’d held the post of director of television since 2006, oversaw the introduction of the network’s digital channels, ABC2, ABC4Kids and ABCNews24.

He will leave the broadcaster in February of 2013, but will continue to work with the network as a consultant. No replacement has yet been named, but the ABC says it hopes to have a new head of TV by early next year.

“Kim leaves us after a very strong year on ABC television, with audience share up on all networks and producing a highly distinctive slate of Australian content,” said Scott.

“I am pleased he will be in a position to continue to work with us on a consultancy basis as the ABC continues its transformation to be a great public broadcaster in the digital era.”

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